Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 29th Jun 2006 01:33 UTC
Linux Linux has one, last, chance to become the No1 OS in a particular consumer-oriented market (not counting servers): the mobile phone market. The open nature and yes, the hype around Linux has made lots of mobile-oriented companies to consider using Linux for their next-generation cellphones. But there is a major problem on the way to success, a problem which is created not by Linux itself, but by the greed and close-mindness of these same companies that endorse Linux.
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Eugenia
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2005-06-28

CELLphones are not compatible, SMARTphones are. Do you think that Nokia, Palm and MS are stupid for striving to offer their own platform with binary compatibility? For example, Panasonic and Samsung had offered S60 phones in the past too, and they were compatible with Nokia's S60 phones.

This is what people want more and more.

Regarding S60 2nd and 3rd Edition incompatibility this was a consious decision to break compatibility, just in order to fix the broken security model of Symbian 7.1. If Nokia could, they wouldn't break it.

Edited 2006-06-29 02:44

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rhavyn Member since:
2005-07-06

CELLphones are not compatible, SMARTphones are.

No they aren't and you even give examples of how they aren't in your own comment.

Do you think that Nokia, Palm and MS are stupid for striving to offer their own platform with binary compatibility?

Which is three different incompatible platforms right there. Lotta good that does you. And Nokia isn't compatible across all their smartphones, Series 30 and Series 60 are not compatible, nor are their Linux devices.

For example, Panasonic and Samsung had offered S60 phones in the past too, and they were compatible with Nokia's S60 phones.

Which aren't compatible with UIQ from Ericsson (also Symbian) or anyone else.

This is what people want more and more.

Right, and that's why Palm is now using WinMob on the Treo, because of good compatibility with PalmOS, right? That's why Nokia uses three different smart platforms, Linux, and 2 Symbian. That's why Ericsson Symbian isn't compatible with anyone else (not to mention Ericsson's other, failed, smart platforms). WinMob isn't compatible with anyone else. Motorola isn't compatible across their phone lines. Heck, JavaME isn't compatible and its Java.

Who are you kidding, this isn't a Linux thing, this is a cell phone industry thing. And seriously, get a grip, no one but you really cares. Most of us are happy to manage to receive phone calls reliably, forget about "smart" features.

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Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

You start to get on my nervers, because you are taking things into your own spin.

>Which is three different incompatible platforms right there.

Yes, because they are different OSes. I am not asking in my article to have ALL cellphones to be compatible. I am asking the LINUX-based cellphones to be compatible.

>Which aren't compatible with UIQ from Ericsson (also Symbian) or anyone else.

UIQ is not S60. It has a different GUI, it is not source compatible, it was never meant to be. UIQ was created by a third party company and THEN nokia bought them. Nokia wanted to CLOSE them down (exactly because they didn't want to confuse their users with S60 and UIQ), but Sony Ericsson needed them because SE didn't wanna use S60.

And besides, who told you that I am happy about UIQ and S60 not being compatible? I am not happy about it either! Closing down UIQ and adding touchcreen support on S60 is the right thing to do.

>Right, and that's why Palm is now using WinMob on the Treo, because of good compatibility with PalmOS, right?

Please! Palm goes with Windows because PalmOS is DEAD. And Windows Mobile has over 30 phones out there, it has ALREADY an ESTABLISHED application base of 20,000 apps.

> And seriously, get a grip, no one but you really cares.

Most people don't care, that's true. But more and more, do care, especially young people. In the future, most people will require their phone to do "more". And all I am asking is for the available platforms today, to be READY for that day. And for Linux to play a ROLE in that future, it MUST be compatible with its incarnations.

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dimitris Member since:
2006-06-30

Regarding S60 2nd and 3rd Edition incompatibility this was a consious decision to break compatibility, just in order to fix the broken security model of Symbian 7.1. If Nokia could, they wouldn't break it.

The only thing "broken" with Symbian 7 security that Symbian 9 "fixes" is the ability of operators to lock down whose native applications get access to what OS capabilities/APIs.

Based on the track record of telcos in innovative software provision, I'm willing to bet real money that this is the beginning of Symbian's end.

Some parallels with Unix vendors' antics in the late 80s/early 90s, while Microsoft was working on/pushing/debugging Windows on the desktop, cannot be escaped.

BTW for real open Linux phones, look for something like this:

http://telefono.revejo.org/

delivered on a cheap Chinese-built hardware platform.

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